Generally, Health Care Facilities employ one several methods to develop their x-ray films: Film Digitizers that include reusable cassettes, those that employ chip arrays, the new ADDIS unit, traditional film processors and dip tanks. The costs of Digitizers is often prohibitive for small office based practices in that they can cost $20,000 or more. Quality used processors continue to offer an efficient & cost-effective alternative for small practices in the office setting. The AllPro 2000M and 2010 models are considered by many to be the gold standard in podiatry x-ray film processors. They have a small foot print to fit into tight spaces, only require a standard 110V GFI outlet, cold water supply and an open drain. Also, the units also are relatively light and inexpensive to ship.

     Installing an AllPro 2000M or 2010 is relatively easy as well. It is a matter of carefully taking it out of its package and placing it on a level surface. (AllPro provides a leveling frame if the counter top itself isn't level.) Next, a hose with a standard washer fitting is attached to a cold water faucet. The separate replenishment pump is placed underneath the counter and the included tubes are in turn attached to the back of the processor for the 2000M. The 2010 has internal replenishment pumps so only tubes have to be run to the two replenishment tanks (developer and fixer). The developer and fixer internal tanks are then filled and the replenishment tubes inserted into the chemical containers. The 110 V plug is inserted into the GFI outlet and the cold water valve on the faucet is opened. The unit is turned on by pressing a rocker switch afterwhich the unit will begin to heat the developer and fixer within the processor to its normal operating temperature. When the temperature reaches 88 degrees, the "Ready" light will go on and the attendant can then insert a film into the end slot to begin the processing cycle. The unit will emit a beeping sound to tell the attendant it is receiving the film in the dark room. Another film can be inserted as soon as the beeping ceases. A Day-Loader attachment box is available upon request for a nominal fee. The film will run through the processor usually within 2.5 to 3 minutes and then emerge on the recessed tray on the top lid developed and dry.
     Maintenance includes keeping the rollers and the rest of the unit clean along with changing the chemicals periodically. If the units are not cleaned on a regular basis, the developer in particular can crystallize and obstruct the tubing. There have been reports of service techs trying to sell roller assemblies claiming small radial cracks in the rollers require replacement. In my experience, this is rarely a problem so long as the rollers are clean and not cracked along their longitudinal axis. In fact, radial cracks can occur in the rollers within a very short time after a processor is put into use. Many practices employ a service to maintain their processors and even provide the chemicals. GI refurbishes all of our units so that they are reliable and durable. Worn or faulty parts are replaced and the units are cleaned inside and out so that they appear in near-new condition at the time of delivery. GI warrants the units for 1 year, 100% parts & labor or replacement from the time of delivery. Let us know how we can help. 

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